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Past EventsSunday, February 26

Darian Leader and Emma Tarlo: Symbolic Bodies: Hands and Hair

Darian Leader
Emma Tarlo
Chair: Anne Karpf

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

Darian Leader and Emma Tarlo unveil some of the mysteries of our bodies. Psychoanalyst Darian Leader’s Hands: What We Do with Them – and Why is a fascinating odyssey through the history of what human beings do with their hands, drawing examples from popular culture, art history, psychoanalysis, technology and clinical research. Anthropologist Emma Tarlo’s book Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair is full of surprising revelations and penetrating insights, from fashion and beauty to religion, politics, cultural identity and commercial exploitation. Chaired by sociologist and author Anne Karpf.

Experience the event as it happened:


Anne Karpf is a writer, sociologist and journalist. Her books include The War After: Living With the Holocaust and How to Age. For this and her Guardian articles on ageing she won Best Independent Voice in the Old People and the Media Awards 2014. She is Reader in Professional Writing and Cultural Inquiry at London Metropolitan University

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us From Seeing; Why Do People Get Ill?;and What Is Madness? He practises psychoanalysis in London, is a member of the College of Psychoanalysts and a founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

Emma Tarlo is a professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She regularly gives public lectures worldwide and contributes to radio programmes and news articles. Her previous books include Clothing Matters - winner of the 1998 Coomaraswamy Prize - Unsettling Memories, and Visibly Muslim.

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